The Tennessee men's team run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end a few minutes ago with a loss. The loss ends what can only be described as a magical season by the Vols.
I could get down on the team for the loss, but when the season started a few months ago, I would have been happy to make the NIT and win a game this year, much less make the Big Dance.
So, thank you to Bruce Pearl and the rest of the team for a special season. The entire group showed off the concept of team play in victory and defeat and brought a pride back to our men's basketball team that has been missing for far too long. It was a pleasure to watch the team play this year and one hell of a Big Orange ride. And I've got to admit, I'm cautiously optimistic for where Pearl can take us next year and the years beyond that.
He's building something that has the potential to be great in Knoxville. And I couldn't be happier to see that.
Now, Bruce could you give the football team a few pointers in the off-season on toughness, the never give-up attitude and the pride of playing for the Big Orange?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/18/2006 05:46:00 PM